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    Party for Whitney

    By kyle | February 13, 2012

    The bizarrely festive atmosphere surrounding Whitney Houston’s death on Grammy weekend has me puzzled. This was the most successful female singer of the era, and a frequent presence on the Grammys. Did anyone consider postponing? Nah. Was there soul-searching, reflection on the excesses of the pop-star life, on the damage wrought by global fame at a young age, on the enabling that goes on around someone whose increasingly diva-ish and self-destructive behavior is shrugged off?

    Much the opposite. The music industry seemed to revel in the spotlight being cast on it, with Whitney’s death merely the unfortunate inciting mechanism. The party went on in the very hotel where her body lay. Rihanna said, “Make some noise for Whitney!” as though applause and whoops were the appropriate reaction to a decades-premature demise. The Grammy ceremony itself included only perfunctory mentions of Houston. And everyone went on jamming and jiving and preening as usual.

    What is wrong with these people?

    Topics: Music | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to “Party for Whitney”

    1. Hedge Says:
      February 13th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      in response to your question, malignant narcissism would be my diagnosis …

    2. Kevin W. Says:
      February 13th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      We live in an era when people put elaborate tributes to lost loved ones on rear car windows and on their bodies. It is not surprising that music industry cretins lack proper decorum.

      Suicide is a selfish act, and I have a sneaking suspicion that Whitney chose the time and place of her demise for maximum impact. Casting a pall (or what should have been a pall) over a major awards ceremony is a consummately selfish act, and from that standpoint, I’m glad she didn’t succeed in disrupting the show.

    3. KS Says:
      February 13th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      I saw a young woman on the red carpet claim that Whitney would have wanted the show to go on. That’s how they rationalize it.

    4. JakeTobias Says:
      February 13th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      If someone else had died, Whitney would have gone on with the show.

      Though I must say, partying in the same hotel is too much. My first funeral, one of my jerkier friends wanted to make lite of the whole thing. It was a suicide! Some people feel they must pop every “pretense” they find. I wanted to pop ’em on the nose.

    5. KXB Says:
      February 14th, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Whitney, for better AND worse, was one of “those people”, so it’s par for the course…